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Family Icon Family: Asteraceae
Area Icon Area: Albania
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Categories: Root

Taraxacum officinalis

Dandelion

This herbaceous perennial plant consists of a rosette of basal leaves and occasional flowering stalks.

The basal leaves are individually up to 25 cm long and 6 cm across. The typical basal leaf is broader toward its outer tip than at the base (oblanceolate) in outline, although it is more or less lobed along its length. The margins are slightly wavy and irregular, and sometimes coarsely dentate.

The leaves are usually hairless, although young leaves are sometimes slightly pubescent. From the center of the rosette, one or more flowering stalks are produced that are up to 30 cm tall.

Each slender stalk is round and hollow, and contains milky juice. It is usually light green, sometimes becoming light reddish green toward the base. 

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